Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't rain every day in Seattle (we swear). However, one thing holds true: you never know what kind of weather you're going to get. When the sun shines in the Emerald City, you owe it to yourself to get out and enjoy the heat. Here are four local spots that are must-visits when the sun is shining and skin is showing.
Nobody does caffeine quite like Seattle. With its concentration of high-quality, independent coffee shops, you’ll never run out of places to get a morning fix – and Café Barjot is one of the best. Tucked away on a quiet street less than a mile from our Capitol Hill showroom, Barjot is the perfect place to catch up with an old friend, or get some work done in the sun. The beautiful 800-square-foot space with a sunny patio is a classy integration of wood, brick, tile and glass, and the curated selection of morning bites and afternoon libations are legit. On weekends, make sure to pair your iced coffee alongside the poached eggs with squash and tomatillo peppers.
Rooftop isn’t cutting it? Head to Madison Park Beach to get your tan on. Just down the hill from our Showroom, Madison Park Beach exemplifies “serene upscale suburb” despite being so close to the city. The long stretch of grassy waterfront is perfect for laying out, tossing a Frisbee and swimming out to the floating dock – which includes a low and high-diving board. Bring a towel and get there early. And keep your eyes peeled for the ice cream truck.
Situated on the western side of Lake Union, this hot spot offers much more than a pretty view. Whether you opt for a core paddleboard workout or just want to soak in the sun, the Northwest Outdoor Center has something for everyone. Have your morning smoothie in a kayak or take an evening paddle to Westward for oysters. Don't forget to check out the houseboats along the way and let out a much deserved exhale.
Whether you arrive by foot, car or stand-up paddleboard, Westward should be your destination. Located directly on the north shores of Lake Union, this award-winning restaurant is the perfect place to catch some rays while enjoying spectacular views of the Seattle skyline. Getting too hot? The breeze from the water provides a cooldown, especially when paired with an Adirondack Highball: bourbon, bitters, chamomile, lemon and ginger brew. Be sure to get there right at 4 o’clock PM to snag a coveted lounge chair and while away the time before catching that beautiful summer sunset.